Fisherman's Sunrise Saison | Cape Ann Brewing Company

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Fisherman's Sunrise SaisonFisherman's Sunrise Saison
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Fisherman's Sunrise SaisonFisherman's Sunrise Saison

Brewed by:
Cape Ann Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Summer

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Added by morebeergood on 08-26-2010

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Ratings: 98 |  Reviews: 24
Reviews by PorterBoy14:
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4.5/5  rDev +24%

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Photo of JakerLou
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I originally rated this beer a 3.75 in Sept of 2013. It just came out again and I bought a 4 pack on May 13th 2015. This version of the beer has an ABV of 4.5 (the original is listed at 6.5). So I assume the recipe has been modified.

I love this beer. Subtle hint of strawberry and rhubarb with a very dry finish that makes me want to take another sip immediately. It's refreshing with a little sweetness and just a touch of funk on the finish. I can see myself drinking a lot of these over the summer, if I can continue to find it. Kudos to Cape Ann for making this a really good beer, or to me for my improved palate :-).

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the New World Tavern Plymouth, MA

Appearance: minimal head, orange-brown in color, cloudy, low carbonation

Smell: strawberries and hay

Taste: big strawberries at the start--light rhubarb and hay, then a big wheaty middle, light pepper and Belgian spices at the end.

Mouthfeel: light carbonation, medium-light bodied, slightly sweet and funky

Overall: A pleasant and different take on the saison style. Almost like a strawberry wheat crossed a saison. I really like this. Could not drink it all day, but very refreshing.

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Photo of captainhowdy39
2.25/5  rDev -38%

Photo of jondeelee
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Sunrise Saison opens to a fruity nose, the strawberry and rhubarb additions immediately apparent, lending a dominating overtone of strawberry-rhubarb pie. Brown sugar and vanilla add more sweetness, as do a selection of cherry and berry fruit esters, which combine with the strawberry and rhubarb to produce a bubble gum-like aroma that borders on cloying. There are a few other aromas in here, including biscuit, pie crust, toast, and very faint hints of sweet pink grapefruit, but the aforementioned fruits and sugars easily occupy perhaps ninety percent of the aromas. As a whole, while the sugars in here are quite potent and varied, offering a surprising variation in fruits and pie fillings, they do border on cloying, and the bubble gum feel is distracting.

On the tongue, the strawberry and rhubarb notes are slightly more muted, compared to their aromas, but still very present adding sweet strawberry and astringent, bitter rhubarb notes, the rhubarb being slightly the stronger of the two. These are added to helpings of brown sugar and cherry and berry fruit esters. The Saison part of the beer brings in bits of banana and peppery clove, as well as a slightly sour, funky spiciness that, when combined with the fruit esters and added fruits, does blend into a nice peppery, spicy fruit turnover feel, the spiciness almost adding a cocktail-strong feel of alcohol, though the ABV is only 6.5%. Toast crust, baguette, and lots of biscuit add a pie crust taste. The aftertaste is a continuation of the main mouthful, but with even stronger Saison notes, and the bitter rhubarb becomes even more present, and lingers on the tongue for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-strong, fizzing up on the tongue.

Overall, this is slightly above-average fare. There are a lot of flavors in here, and all of them are present in good strength. The problem mainly lies in the combination of all of these flavors, which lends the beer a “kitchen sink” feel, as if a strawberry rhubarb pie recipe had been altered by throwing in bananas, cherries, berries, peppery spices, and touches of spiced rum, the result being a dessert not entirely sure of what flavors it was supposed to showcase. Simplicity, here, would have been better.

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Photo of Janeinma
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of dmachado
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of trevorpost
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of puboflyons
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the 16 oz. can. Sampled on September 25, 2015.

Light amber colored pour with a modest, short-lasting head and a slight cloudy appearance.

I get those Belgian toasted malt characters minus the spice along with a more vibrant fruity note and especially strawberries.

Medium body.

Big fruitiness to talk about in the taste too. Some of the characteristics are there but it was missing something.

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Photo of DrinkNewport
4.5/5  rDev +24%

Photo of u2carew
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

13.25 oz tulip glass. Served on tap at Cambridge Common.
a) poured with a finger thick head. Hazy body. Orange red in color. Thin and sticky lacing.
S) fresh strawberries. Subtle caramel aroma.
T) Carries some of the tartness of a saison or maybe that is the rhubarb shining through. The strawberries add a pleasant spin to the taste. Sharp flavors up front then a mellow finish with some earthy tones and a slight bitter bite.
M) Smooth. Medium body. Dry in the finish.
D) A delicious saison. I might just order another one.

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Photo of twj2000
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of SebastianOwl
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My beer can was labeled 4.5%, not 6.5%. I think, based on the other ratings and my own, that this was a positive recipe change as the recent ratings are much higher than the older ones.

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Photo of metter98
3.29/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On-tap at Barcade, Jersey City, NJ

A: The beer is hazy light yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head.
S: Light aromas of yeast and malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of yeast and nondescript malts—no spices are noticeable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems a little too malty compared to other beers in the style and lacks any dryness. It definitely doesn't taste refreshing compared to most other saisons.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kevgod
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of lozz123
2.25/5  rDev -38%

Photo of garyloveman
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SouljaSaia17
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light golden color with a hint of amber with a 1-inch soapy head which quickly dissipates to a 1/4 inch head.

S: Aroma flows right out of the glass and is event more intense when you put your nose to it. I get some tropical fruit scent with strawberry, a little banana, apricot, and some wheat. A light flowery scent as well.

T: Similar to the smell with the Strawberry and banana. Also has a combination of hop sweetness and bitterness. Belgian yeast and malts follow the tropical flavor of this beer.

M: The mouth feel is more tropical than floral for a Saison. Moderate carbonation and quite drinkable.

O: This is a little twist on the style and is the first Fishermans beer I have had. I like Saisons and would say that this is a pretty good experimental beer.

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Photo of BeerMeister8
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NateF90
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Apparently this recipe was adopted from a local homebrew club and calls for copious amounts of rhubarb and strawberries.

Thick and chunky white head like a dollop of vanilla frosting. Opaque orange custard color. Decent retention left thick foamy splotches.

Reeks of saison spice and to a lesser extent, strawberry toaster strudel filling.

Taste carries a great saison spiciness but none of the expected dryness. Possibly the first saison I've ever had with a juice-like mouthfeel. The rhubarb and strawberries are there, actually before I knew what fruit was in it I thought of grapefruit without the bitterness.

Hooray for trying new things. Probably the best beer I've had from Cape Ann thus far.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 4/25/2012 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, strawberries, Belgian yeast, bananas, some spice and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of strawberries, bananas and spices. Then some bready flavors of wheat, Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sweet.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of bostonryan
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of chefdave37
3/5  rDev -17.4%

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